Khronos Group News Archives

OpenSceneGraph announces new training courses in Washing ton DC

OpenSceneGraph recently announced a new training course to be held in Washington DC. This training event is co-instructed by Bob Kuehne (Blue Newt Software) and Paul Martz (Skew Matrix Software). The training will be held in the heart of Washington DC with easy train, metro, and parking, all near the location. The three days are broken into two courses: January 22-23 will teach you everything you need to know in order to move from basic OSG usage to detailed and comprehensive library features. January 24 will cover creation and rendering of large terrain/urban databases in OSG. Registration is now on and space is limited, so don't delay, sign up today. Read More

3D Model sharing site startup, supports COLLADA and more

Marsel Khadiyev has created meshplant.com, a model-sharing site for all kinds of meshes with peer-reviews and easy searches. A model on meshplant.com consists of a set of meshes and their textures. Uploading is simple- put your model file in a new folder, add any textures (currently only diffuse is supported), zip the folder, and upload. Currently models can be exchanged in either .3ds or .dae ( COLLADA ) formats. Read More

Khronos members publish new book “Mobile 3D Graphics with OpenGL ES and M3G”

The exploding popularity of mobile computing is undeniable. From cell phones to portable gaming systems, the global demand for multi-functional mobile devices is driving amazing hardware and software developments. 3D graphics are becoming an integral part of these ubiquitous devices, and as a result, Mobile 3D Graphics is arguably the most rapidly advancing area of the computer graphics discipline. If you are a graphics or game developer then you must learn to program for mobility, and this book will teach you how. You can read more about the book on the official homepage for the book, or purchase it directly from Amazon here. Read More

eRain Announces Papervision3D / COLLADA Support

Electric Rain announced in a press release that the upcoming version of Swift 3D will offer support for the Papervision3D format (read: COLLADA support). Electric Rain's decision to support the Papervision3D format was based on the recent explosion of interest in working with true 3D in Flash. Read More

Google releases the first version of its SDK for the new Android Open Handset Alliance Project

Google's Android project, developed as an Open Handset Alliance Project, released the first version of its SDK along with an introduction to the mobile device platform in video. The video shows some of the slick features available in the stock platform. As well, the platform supports some rather nice looking OpenGL ES powered 3D capabilities, including the ability to run Quake on Android devices, something that they briefly demo in the video. Watch to the end of the video and you will see that Google is giving away $10 million in prizes to the best applications built for the Android platform. That's right, being an open platform, it is up to the people to build the apps. Enjoy. More reading. Read More

Nathan Charles interviewed on OpenSL ES

Hayden Porter has done an interesting interview with Nathan Charles, lead for the Khronos Group OpenSL ES API working group and Software Architect at Creative Labs. Read the full interview here. Hayden Porter is a developer with a special interest in interactive sound for the web and mobile. Read More

ArcSoft Brings Multimedia To Nexperia Cellular System with OpenMAX IL

ARCSoft’s TotalMedia Mobile multimeda software applications have been integrated into NXP’s Nexperia ARM based cellular system solution 5210 family for 2.5G/2.75G cellular feature phones. The ArcSoft TotalMedia Mobile software applications are pre-integrated in the 5210 family. Providing an OpenMax IL interface, the ArcSoft solution includes a host of multimedia features. Read More

Motorola Technical publication on the implementation of OpenMAX™ on Dual Core Processors

Motorola releases a technical paper which addresses the OMX IL implementation on a dual core platform. Implementation of OMX aware applications and codec components is of great importance to Motorola because it eases platform migration and rapid integration of codecs from various internal and external sources. The OpenMAX (OMX) Integration Layer (IL) standard, developed by The Khronos Group, enables portability of multimedia codecs and their application across platforms. The paper is in PDF format. When we tried to download the PDF it took a bit for the download to finsh. Read More

Physics Abstraction Layer COLLADA loader has been released

Physics Abstraction Layer (PAL) now has an extensive set of common features such as simulating different devices or loading physics configurations from XML or COLLADA files. PAL provides a unified interface to a number of different physics engines. This enables the use of multiple physics engines within one application. It is not just a simple physics wrapper, but provides an extensible plug-in architecture for the physics system, as well as extended functionality for common simulation components. Read More

IMGA announces top 25 nominees in this years Mobile Gaming awards

International Mobile Games Awards (IMGA) have announce the top 25 nominees from 224 game developers in 42 countries. The judging process was completed in Marseille in the Belle de Mai. The results were announced with a shortlist of 25 games in 5 different categories. Read More

NVIDIA Developer Survey 2007

NVIDIA have launched their annual web-based Developer Survey for 2007. The survey helps NVIDIA steer their efforts in providing help, documentation, and tools for graphics developers. Don't let the interests and goals of OpenGL developers go under-reported! Participate here. Read More

OpenSceneGraph course from Blue Newt and Skew Matrix - Italy

OSG Community has announced two OpenSceneGraph courses from Blue Newt and Skew Matrix. These course being offereing in the US and Rome aim to provide students with a sweeping survey of OpenSceneGraph and its internals. The OpenSceneGraph is an open source high performance 3D graphics toolkit, used by application developers in fields such as visual simulation, games, virtual reality, scientific visualization and modelling. Written entirely in Standard C++ and OpenGL it runs on all Windows platforms, OSX, GNU/Linux, IRIX, Solaris, HP-Ux, AIX and FreeBSD operating systems. Read More

3d-test has posts a new Interviews with Quest|3D on using COLLADA

One of the main new features of Quest3D 4.0 is the ability to import COLLADA format. This also enables run time import of models. So you can load COLLADA files into a finished and published application. It will import multiple texture stages, Skinning, animation and lights. Read the whole interview. Read More

Imagination Technologies launches latest SDK for advanced embedded & mobile graphics technologies

POWERVR Insider SDK 2.1 has over a dozen additions to the training section alone, along with support for the new Motorola Z8 phone and numerous updates for OpenGL ES 2.0 support. "The POWERVR OpenGL ES 2.0 SDK is a great way to get started developing next generation mobile graphics applications," says Tom Olson, distinguished member of technical staff, Texas Instruments. "It is easy to install and use, and includes a good selection of helpful examples." You can download it for free at PowerVRInsider. Read More

3D Warehouse Update - Collada Files

Google has updated the 3D Warehouse with a significant new feature. Models in the 3D Warehouse can now be downloaded in the Collada file format (an open standard 3D file format). Collada files are supported by Google Earth. This is particularly significant because this means you now have an even faster way to bring models from the 3D Warehouse into Google Earth. The Collada files are downloaded in a Zip file. After downloading one you can simply drag the model's DAE file from the Zip file straight into Google Earth's Places folders and the model will be loaded on top of your current location. Note that if you are viewing the 3D Warehouse in a language other than English, you may not see the Collada file format option for a given model. Read More

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